Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Manual schedule vs Auto schedule task mode

Typically you schedule a task by assigning duration estimates and resources, even though you might not have this information readily available.

With manually scheduled tasks, you can provide high-level task information for the task without assigning duration estimates and resources.

For example, you could enter "TBD" in the Start Date or "Go and ask to Prashant " in the Duration field until you know the estimated duration and start date. This allows you to start planning your project right away without knowing all the information about the manually scheduled tasks up front.

For manually scheduled tasks, changes to the schedule (such as task dependencies and the project calendar) will not automatically adjust task dates. So manually scheduled tasks will stay where you want them to stay in your project schedule.

1 : Shows Auto schedule task icon
2 : Shows Manual schedule task icon
3 : shows that for manual task if you don’t have information you can put text in duration/start/end fields
4 & 5 : button to convert a task in auto / manual mode.

By default, new tasks are manually scheduled in Project 2013. If you want to schedule a specific task to be auto-scheduled, select the task, then on the Task tab, in the Tasks group, select Auto Schedule, or change the scheduling option for the specific task in the Task Mode column.

If you want all of your new tasks to be automatically-scheduled, on the File tab, in the Backstage view, click on Options, Schedule.In the Scheduling options for this project section, select the current project that you have open, or select All New Projects for all projects going forward for the settings to be selected. In the New tasks created section, select either Manually
Scheduled or Auto Scheduled from the dropdown, depending on your preference.